Mass. church offers drive-thru ministry for prayers on the go

The Christ Lutheran Church in Scituate, Mass., opened up its very first drive-thru ministry on Saturday, offering prayers on the go for motorists in need.

“We get their names right away and ask, ‘What type of a prayer do you need today?’” 73-year-old parishioner Diane Waterfield told the Boston Globe. “It’s not like in church, when we can pray for our children, our families, our kids, the dog, the cat, and you can go on and on if you want to. Out here, you’re working quick.”

The drive-thru is part of a plan by pastor Dan Eddy to help people easily fit prayer into their busy schedules. The group of about 15 parishioners will continue the service on a trial basis through at least next Saturday, the Globe reported.

The first car to stop by Saturday carried a family asking for a safe trip south to Cape Cod; another man prayed for the New England Patriots to beat the New Orleans Saints on Sunday; others prayed for sick family members and monetary relief, the newspaper said.

“We want to let the community know we’re here for them,” Mr. Eddy said. “This isn’t a country club that’s ‘members only.’ … People are looking for authenticity, so we listen to their concerns and we pray with them.”

Parishioner Dick Johnson of Scituate, 63, was skeptical of the plan at first.

“From my upbringing, prayer is usually something you do at church service or in private,” he told the Globe. “But in today’s age, you’ve got to wear many hats for many different people, and if this format fits into their schedule, that’s great.”

“A lot of times people are cautious about approaching us, and we’re OK with that,” Mr. Johnson added. “Maybe they just drove by today to see if we’re for real, and they’ll come back next week. We’ll be here.”

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